Flatford Wildlife Garden (RSPB), Flatford
A beautiful wildlife garden developed by the RSPB to show how we can all make our gardens more wildlife-friendly and beautiful at the same time.
Admission is free and volunteers are on hand to answer your gardening questions.
The garden is in the hamlet of Flatford, where painter John Constable lived and painted many of his most famous works, including The Hay Wain and Willy Lott's Cottage, which are just a short walk down Flatford Lane. Also in Flatford, is Bridge Cottage (National Trust), the Flatford Field Studies Centre and you can take a boat trip on the River Stour as well as lovely walks across the fields to Dedham - the same route John Constable once walked every day to get to school.
Open: 29 March to 3 November everyday 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Entrance to the garden is free although the car park at Flatford is owned by the National Trust, so charges apply unless you are a NT member, in which case parking is free. Alternative, free parking is available a one mile walk away, in East Bergholt.
There is a National Trust tea room and shop and a small exhibition in Bridge Cottage about John Constable.
The Flatford Field Studies Centre (the mill where John Constable lived and worked) is not open to general public, but you can take art and environmental courses there.
The Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage can both be viewed from the outside and the place where The Hay Wain was painted can also be viewed.
Landline: 01206 391153